September 2, 2012 Subject:
This appears to be a youthful Toshiko Akiyoshi displaying her bebop chops in her kimono.
August 20, 2012 Subject:
Those Hep Japanese!
Well, here's part A of the AB film roll of this film. I still am not 100% why they do this, but that's another topic. This one is in sound, and I do like the Japaneseness of this. This almost looks like an abandoned news report of some kind. Some jazz (but not a lot, thank goodness) is shown, and an interview happens. Interesting the woman wears a full blown kimono to the stage. Gotta stay true to history I suppose.
May 13, 2012 Subject:
If the pianist is not Toshiko Akiyoshi, I do not know who else it could be. She first played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1956, and that might be when this film was made. A fine performance. Would be 5 stars, but the music is truncated and there are numerous periods of blank screen while the music is playing.